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Rod Blum
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Iowa, District 1
Elections and appointments
Next primaryJune 3, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Place of birthDubuque, Iowa
ProfessionBusiness Owner and Real Estate Developer
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Rod Blum is a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the open United States House of Representatives seat in Iowa’s 1st District.[1] Blum was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of Iowa. Blum was defeated by Ben Lange in the Republican primary on June 5, 2012.[2]


Blum was born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa.[3]


Blum is owner of Digital Canal Software.[3] He is also a student pilot, real estate developer, and has, for the last 10 years, written a conservative column for the Telegraph Herald.[3]



See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Iowa, 2014

On March 27, 2013, Blum announced that he would enter the 2014 race for U.S. House in the 1st Congressional District of Iowa. Incumbent Rep. Bruce Braley plans to run for U.S. Senate in 2014, which leaves the 1st District seat open.[1]


See also: Iowa's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Blum ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Iowa's 1st District. Blum sought the nomination on the Republican ticket.[4] Bruce Braley ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Blum was defeated by Ben Lange in the Republican primary.[2] Candidates wishing to run were required to file by the signature filing deadline of March 16, 2012. The primary elections took place on June 5, 2012.[5]

U.S. House, Iowa, District 1 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBen Lange 53.4% 13,217
Rod Blum 46.6% 11,551
Total Votes 24,768

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Blum's reports.[6]

Rod Blum (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[7]July 15, 2013$0.00$103,107.92$(4,859.57)$98,248.35
October Quarterly[8]October 16, 2013$98,248.35$60,977.62$(18,423.79)$140,802.18
Year End[9]January 31, 2014$140,802$60,935$(26,680)$175,057
Running totals


Blum is married to his wife, Karen, and is a father to Trevor, Taylor, Tanner and Sophie, a stepfather to Autumn, and surrogate father to Malcolm, a former basketball player of Blum's from Chicago.[3]

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